About Us

CORE is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve student achievement by fostering highly-productive, meaningful collaboration and learning between its California’s largest school districts: Fresno, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Santa Ana Unified. Together these districts serve more than one million students and their families.


 

Mission

As a collaboration of districts, we work together to innovate, implement, and scale successful strategies and tools that help our students succeed, so that all students are prepared for college and career.

 


 

Partnership Design Principles

 

1. Unwavering belief in equity and access for ALL students

CORE school districts share a fundamental belief that all of our students can achieve at high levels, serving as trailblazers for statewide efforts in service of success for underserved students.

2. Instructionally-focused and practice-oriented

CORE school districts maintain a shared focus on the learning-instruction-assessment nexus of our work, which we believe strengthens and aligns the instructional core of each of our schools.

3. Three areas of work drive CORE’s collaboration

1) College and career ready expectations for all students through rigorous standards, assessment and instruction; 2) Differentiated recognition, accountability and support for schools through holistic measurement, and systems of mutual accountability and shared learning; and 3) Promoting effective instruction and leadership through coherence and development of professional capacity.

4. Data Driven

CORE school districts are committed to building the necessary infrastructure to support high-functioning, data-driven professional learning communities for all educators in all schools.

5. Outcomes-focused

CORE school districts are committed to building the necessary infrastructure to support high-functioning, data-driven professional learning communities for all educators in all schools.

6. Educator-driven

CORE desires that our collaboration be led by local leadership from local communities.

7. Value local control

CORE values local school district control for addressing student needs in the local context.

8. Support multiple networks

CORE shares learnings widely and encourages the development of other networks to support the sharing of best practices and to facilitate scalable learning.